MOUNT PLEASANT -- Wando girls soccer coach Shannon Champ says this year's team is young. That means it sometimes is inconsistent and doesn't follow the gameplan. And, as Champ points out, it has to develop a championship mindset.
The Warriors played well at times in the first round of the Class AAAA playoffs Monday night, gaining a 5-1 victory over Spring Valley at the Wando Athletic Complex. The team might be young, but it is definitely talented. The Warriors upped their record to 19-1 and began their quest for another state championship after finishing the regular season with the No. 1 ranking.
"We're very young," said Champ, whose team is 41-2 the past two seasons. "We have only five seniors and lost eight from last year's team. We're trying to fill some big shoes and that sometimes is hard to do. We have to play consistently and with passion. We have to have that will to find a way to win like champions do."
The Warriors won the state title last year with a thrilling victory over Mauldin to cap one of the greatest seasons ever for a high school team in South Carolina.
The Warriors allowed a state record two goals in a season that included 23 consecutive shutouts. The offense was almost as effective with 160 goals, which was third most in state history.
Champ admits it's not fair to compare any team to the 2010 Warriors, but said, "this team has the capability and potential to get there. It's just a matter of how hard they work and how much they want it."
Freshman Allie Winglosky led the victory with two goals while Rebecca Lisson, Kelsey Timmerman and Rachel Torlay scored a goal apiece.